Assists (Opta™ criteria) given by Messi and Ronaldo in their National Teams in the 2016-2017 season by season

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Below is Opta’s interpretation of an assist:

The final touch (pass, pass-cum-shot or any other touch) leading to the recipient of the ball scoring a goal. If the final touch is deflected by an opposition player, the initiator is only given a goal assist if the receiving player was likely to receive the ball without the deflection having taken place. Own goals, directly taken free kicks, direct corner goals and penalties do not get an assist awarded.

Cumulative distribution

Assists type

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, EFL Cup, FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Euro, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League
Player Games Cross Corner Throughball Free kick Others
Leo Messi 651 25/248 10.08% 8/248 3.23% 84/248 33.87% 15/248 6.05% 133/248 53.63%
Cristiano Ronaldo 629 15/147 10.2% 0/147 0% 17/147 11.56% 2/147 1.36% 115/147 78.23%

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 19/07/2024

Distribution by season